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Pleasantville Reviews

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August 13, 2011
Gary Ross (Big, Dave) makes an impressive directing debut with this charming, nicely executed fable, which contrasts values of the 1950s with those of the 1990s.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
December 27, 2010
Great movie for high schoolers and their parents.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 18, 2008
Ingeniously conceived and impressively executed, "Pleasantville" is a provocative, complex and surprisingly anti-nostalgic parable wrapped in the beguiling guise of a commercial high-concept comedy.
June 24, 2006
An ingenious fable, screenwriter Ross's directorial debut playfully spoofs the small-minded lifestyle idealised by 'family values' advocates, and the intolerance and insecurity underlying that ideal.
February 23, 2006
Though Ross works in some heavy-handed strokes, his portrait of stodgy Eisenhower America dazzles with some of the loveliest imagery of any 1990s film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 9, 2005
"Pleasantville" is a solid premier for director Ross, providing a thought-provoking story, solid acting and wonderful special F/X.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
January 29, 2005
Someday, maybe someday soon, someone in Hollywood is going to make a genuinely great movie about television as a metaphor for America.
Read More | Original Score: B-
April 13, 2004
Hollywood satire is not usually this enjoyable: Both savage and silly, Pleasantville is an absolute blast.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
December 8, 2002
This is an exquisite, timely film. It's nice to know that occasionally, even Hollywood does something right.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
December 8, 2002
Ross has come up with one of the best, most subversive, and definitely one of the most memorable films of the year.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
November 6, 2002
The lighthearted fable Pleasantville takes some pointed swipes at the make-believe world of 1950s TV -- and none too soon.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
September 10, 2002
"Pleasantville" starts with an interesting premise but unfortunately, Gary Ross directs his film into a marshmallow-coated, undemanding feature instead of really trying to be daring.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
June 18, 2002
There's a terrific idea at the heart of Pleasantville, and it's a shame that its creator, Big screenwriter Gary Ross, can't figure where to take it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
May 31, 2002
Um dos filmes mais inteligentes de 1998.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 8, 2002
For a movie that makes such a big deal about color, Pleasantville is awfully black and white.
Full Review | Original Score: F
April 12, 2002
Endearing it definitely is, so much so that it's easy to overlook the simplicity, and the sly confidence trick that gets played on us.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 24, 2002
A film that's visually brilliant and gorgeous but whose premise is more inspired than its execution.
March 3, 2002
Overcomes its moralising and occasional pomposity with magical photographic effects.
March 3, 2002
An innovative and ethically provocative film about free spirits and those who would keep them down.
December 17, 2001
One of the few recent Hollywood films out there that has used new digital technology to truly engage the viewer, and make possible a thoughtful story.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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